When the GMC Syclone debuted for 1991, it was certainly a curious case. It offered the usability of a pickup truck, could be taken off the beaten path if desired and added a healthy dose of performance. You could say a whopping dose of performance, actually.
It featured a Mitsubishi-sourced turbocharger attached to the 4.3-liter V6 engine. But, GMC also took to engineering unique pistons, main caps, head gaskets, intake manifolds, fuel system, exhaust manifolds and more. All of this was enough to make it quicker than a Ferrari 348ts. Yes, a pickup truck was quicker than a Ferrari.
In time, a cult classic was born, and only 2,995 were produced.
Fast-forward to present day and we are witnessing a pickup truck explosion in the market, and we thought it would be an excellent time for GMC to rock us
like a hurricane with a new Syclone.
We had our creative mastermind extraordinaire, RM Design, conjure up a modern-day GMC Syclone based on the current 2017 GMC Canyon. This meant hunkering the Syclone down for a more menacing and performance-oriented stance.
We’ve added a power bulge to the hood for the potent powertrain sitting underneath; a twin-turbo V6 engine mated to a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic sounds like it could do the trick.
The front end has been muted for the traditional sleeper look, ensuring the faces of many will be in awe-struck upon pulling away from a stoplight in speed unassociated with pickups. We’ve even updated the signature blade wheels from the Syclone of yesteryear and, of course, Syclone is spelled out in bright, red font on the side.
The Syclone name will likely remain a thing of the past, but that won’t stop us from dreaming of a proper performance pickup.